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Durham University

St John's College


The Principal on Eschatology

(7 September 2017)

The Principal contributes essay to new book on Eschatology. 

The essay is called:

The Accelerating Universe and New Creation: Christian eschatology in the face of scientific futility

It is published in 'Game Over? Reconsidering Eschatology'.

Modern science informs us about the end of the universe: "game over" is the

message which lies ahead of our world. Christian theology, on the other hand,

sees in the end not the cessation of all life, but rather an invitation to play again,

in God's presence. Is there a way to articulate together such vastly different


Eschatology is a theological topic which merits being considered from several

different angles. This book seeks to do this by gathering contributions from

esteemed and fresh voices from the fields of biblical exegesis, history,

systematic theology, philosophy, and ethics.

How can we make sense, today, of Jesus' (and the New Testament's)

eschatological message? How did he, his early disciples, and the Christian

tradition, envision the "end" of the world? Is there a way for us to articulate

together what modern science tells us about the end of the universe with the

biblical and Christian claims about God who judges and who will wipe every


Eschatology has been at the heart of Christian theology for 100 years in the

West. What should we do with this legacy? Are there ways to move our

reflection forward, in our century? Scholars and other interested readers will

find here a wealth of insights.

Christophe Chalamet, Andreas Dettwiler, Mariel Mazzocco and Ghislain Waterlot, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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